HONESDALE, PA — On Saturday, April 25, Contra dancing, a form of traditional American set dancing, will return to The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. You and your partner dance a series of figures, or steps, with each other and with another couple. The figures are similar to those of old-time square dancing.
Beginners are welcome. Caller Laurie B. teaches each dance before it is actually called to the music. Also, first-time dancers will find experienced dancers extremely friendly and helpful. Read more
BARRYVILLE, NY — The Delaware Company, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the history and historic sites of the Upper Delaware, and The River Reporter (TRR) are co-sponsoring a “Tall Ships and Timber Rafting” writing contest, with tickets to the upcoming Tall Ships festival in Philadelphia, PA as the grand prizes (tallshipsphiladelphia.com.) The festival will feature majestic vessels from around the world, including replicas of those from the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — While there are many local farms keeping bees, Juliette Bergogne and Anie Stanley decided to bring the bees to their business—on the rooftop of Maison Bergogne on Bridge Street in Narrowsburg. Above their bustling store filled with antique goods sit three bee hives, a technique used in urban farming. They will have six hives this coming season. Read more
Among the species of bat in our region is the Northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis). Also known as the Northern Myotis, this and other species of bats have been affected by white nose syndrome (WNS). WNS is a fungus that affects bats while they are in their hibernacula over the winter; in affected hibernacula, bat mortality rates of 90% or more have been observed. Read more
MILFORD, PA — The Upper Valley Winds jazz orchestra will present a concert called “Cuban Fire! A Tribute to Johnny Richards” at 7 p.m., April 25, at the Delaware Valley High School (DVHS) auditorium. Tickets cost $20 at the door, or $15 if bought online. Not only are children under 15 admitted free, but so are all students at DVHS. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — Pennsylvania State Rep. Sandra Major, (R/111th District) recently visited the Wayne County Historical Society’s (WCHS) main museum at 810 Main St. and donated a flag of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to the museum. During Major’s visit, she previewed the new exhibits that will open to the public on Saturday, April 18 during the Spring Open House. Admission is free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and light refreshments will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Read more
Well, my heart anyhow, and I suspect most of yours as well. Now that we’ve had a few days in a row with temps above 40, I’m once again reminded of how much I love where I live and that without winter, spring would never smell as sweet. Zipping around the Upper Delaware River region with unfettered abandon, I couldn’t help but notice the sheer joy in my neighbors’ faces as well, as folks raked and swept, sprucing up their homes, waving at the Wonder Dog as we drove by. Read more
NARROWSBURG, NY — Join Kevin McDonough, pop aficionado, for a Friday evening of culture and conversation on April 24 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tusten-Cochecton Branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library, part of the “Pop Matters: Conversations with Interesting Neighbors” series. McDonough will interview local artist Philip Jostrum, who worked in the art and production design departments of several big name Hollywood films in the 1970s. Registration is required. Programs without at least five people pre-registered may be cancelled. Visit WSPLonline.org or call 845/252-3360.
HONESDALE, PA — On Thursday, April 16 from 6 to 9 p.m., Game Night will take place at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St. As always, The Cooperage will have all kinds of games to play—from board games to card games to brain games. Scrabble, Twister, chess, checkers, dominos, Dominion, Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, Fluxx, to name only a few. Bring your favorite game if you’d like.
Each month there is now a free game giveway. One lucky game night attendee will take home a board game. The game to win on April 16 is Space Sheep!™ courtesy of Stronghold Games. Read more
PORT JERVIS, NY — UpFront Exhibition Space will hold its seventh annual Spring Artist’s Reception on Saturday, April 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. This event is open to the public, and there is no admission fee. At the reception, UpFront will present live music by Walt Edwards along with complimentary food sponsored by Pell Wealth Partners, a private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc., as well as refreshments. The show will run through May 24.
UpFront currently has over 50 artists of all mediums in this exhibit including photos taken by the late James A. Cherry III. Read more
HONESDALE, PA — The Cooperage Project will host fingerstyle guitar virtuoso and composer Tim Farrell to The Cooperage on Saturday, April 18 both to perform and to lead a hands-on guitar workshop.
Farrell is a highly accomplished guitarist whose roots and influences transcend genre. He has mastered the intricacies of fingerstyle guitar, infusing craft, technique and melodic substance to create his own inimitable style. Read more
MONTICELLO, NY — The Ethelbert B. Crawford Public Library will host a six-part viewing and discussion of the PBS series “The African-Americans: Many Rivers to Cross,” directed by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Professor Gates is the director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University.
The series traces the history of African-Americans, beginning in the 1500s, and covers the expansion of slavery during the 18th century, the Jim Crow era, the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and ‘60s and the 2008 presidential election of Barack Obama. Read more
HAWLEY, PA — Robinson & Rohe (Liam Robinson and Jean Rohe) will play at Harmony Presents on Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m. “Strong Brazilian influence, rhythmic playfulness and carefully crafted orchestrations come together in the form of fantastical riffs on old folktales and autobiographical sojourns,” said Jill Carletti, managing director of Harmony Presents, in describing Robinson & Rohe. Read more
Veteran actor Richard Hoehler has been around the block a few times, and when he’s not pounding the pavement in New York City, one can find him at his home in Glen Spey, NY, where, for the past 12 years, he often finds himself musing about his experiences in New York and the people who live there. One such story is played out in R.J. Bartholomew’s “I of the Storm,” a one-man show currently running at the Playroom Theater on Manhattan’s West 46th Street, and coming to Narrowsburg’s Tusten Theatre for one performance only on Saturday, May 2. Read more
I hope everyone had a happy Easter/Passover/Spring Equinox season… to the extent that such a thing was possible, at least, given all the religiously-themed squabbling that’s been going on recently. Cries of religious bigotry and even fascism have been flying back and forth—over, among other things, whether or not bakers have the right to refuse customers based on their religious beliefs. Read more
In the house where I grew up there was a large, walk-in closet at the top of the stairs. The closet might have been a tiny second-floor bedroom at one time, when the house was new and lodged more people. As a kid, I spent lots of time there, behind a curtain of dresses and winter coats, lounging on an old, quilt-covered trunk and reading. I read “Ballet Shoes” and “Anne of Green Gables” and later “Winesburg, Ohio” and “Walden,” while I fought off the static pieces of silver tinsel that escaped from the stored boxes of Christmas decorations. Read more